You may not expect a film about a day dreamer to be one of the strongest films of the year, but that is exactly what we have with ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’. This film is a perfect representation of the kind of film that I would have passed on just a couple of years ago, and it makes me wonder how many just how many other wonderful films I have missed as a result.
Directed by and starring Ben Stiller as the titular character, ‘Walter Mitty’ was a great chAracter study in what can be lost in a persons life when they are forced into growing up sooner than expected. This is something that has universal appeal across much of the populace.
I will say that the first act could have been tightened up a bit. I get what they were trying to do with the day dreaming sequences, they just could have tightened them up a bit. They seemed a little too long and risked taking you completely out of the film before it got to the good spots.
However, once ‘Walter Mitty’ moves into the second act and the main character starts coming out of his shell, this is when the film really picks up steam. Most people can relate to dreaming about taking chances and heading off into the open now knowing what to expect, and that is exactly what the majority of this film presents to you.
A stronger first act would have made the climax of the film all the more powerful, but in the end it doesn’t detract too much from the final product and this is easily one of the strongest films of the year. The locales, the differing characters and one of the most powerful endings of the year make ‘Walter Mitty’ a must see, and in the words of my wonderful fiancee, a first day must buy.
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